MARTYN ROBIN­SON SAYS

Gardening Australia - - MAILBOX -

The spi­der in your photo ap­pears to be an un­usu­ally marked net-cast­ing spi­der (Deinopis sub­r­ufa). These harm­less spi­ders are so named be­cause they don’t build a stan­dard web but in­stead make a small blue-white net that they drop over in­sects that come close. The species has a vari­able pat­tern but this one is more atyp­i­cal than most. Net-cast­ing spi­ders have good eye­sight, which is un­usual in most spi­ders.

They have two big eyes on the front of their face, which ex­plains an­other com­mon name, ogre-faced spi­der.

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